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Final Exit (2001), NR
Analysis Date: November 28, 2001
CAP Score: 55
CAP Influence Density: 0.85

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FINAL EXIT (NR) -- by not choosing, the choice is made.

Distributed by: DRC Productions
Screening Copy Compliments: Director(s): Danny Carrales
Producer(s): Danny Carrales, Mickey Schwatrz
Written by/Screenplay: Danny Carrales, Michael Martin
Cinematography/Camera: Danny Carrales

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An intense portrayal of the consequences of arrogance. A very real presentation of the only condition for Salvation -- that we accept by faith that Jesus is Lord and resurrected Savior and that He paid the price of our sins with His Blood. The reality comes in the clear and unquestionable portrayal that we have a choice of whether to accept Jesus as Lord and resurrected Savior or not -- that by not choosing, the choice is made.

The story opens with Daryl Gibson (Larry Roop) tormented by his past, a past filled with murder. Flashbacks of his heinous acts and his victims were graphically provided. As connective material, the programming provided scenes of his courtroom session in which he was convicted of four counts of murder and was sentenced to die by lethal injection. Note that the sequence of the execution was intimate, nothing was left to the imagination.

Dr. William Cap (James Grant), was a human rights activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and a man with a threat on his life. Dr. Cap was trying to stay Gibson's execution. After two previous stays of execution, someone did not want it stayed again. On one of Cap's items of mail to his home was a hand-written death threat stating if Gibson died, Cap died.

In jail, Gibson asked to see a chaplain. Chaplain David Carr (Scott Henderson) answered Gibson's request. It is here Gibson was introduced, probably for the first time in his life, to the mystery of the Gospel. Chaplain Carr, though admittedly could not understand what Gibson was going through, explained how Apostle Paul was a murderer, too. There was a hint that Chaplain Carr broke the ice with the reality of Paul's life and apparently got Gibson to at least thinking.

Melanie (Meagan Mangum) was the sister of Carrie (Meredith Coppolo). Carrie was one of the victims of Gibson. Carrie was promiscuous and was a sexual (non-graphic) partner of Gibson. While Melanie had made the Decision, Carrie had not. Carrie was rebellious and arrogant, depending her own way and fearful of making the Decision because she "would lose so much", ostensibly her licentious freedoms.

During one of Carrie's escapades with Gibson, he murdered her by strangulation -- graphically. Throughout the show several flashes of graphic murder of Carrie are seen. Not nearly as graphic as most secular films, but graphic nonetheless. While blood and gore are very minimized, the emotions and murder mechanics are effectively portrayed. Melainie tried to hate Gibson for killing her sister but couldn't. Melanie, with the Holy Spirit, is more inclined to forgive than to hate. Jeremy (Aaron Priest), a close friend of Melanie wants Daryl to die and makes it quite known. Melanie accepted Jesus into her heart as a child but Jeremy only pretended to do so. Now he is bitter and vengeful. There is a poignant statement in this connective programming about pretending to accept Jesus.

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Melanie and Jeremy travel to witness the execution and end up at one of Dr. Cap's speeches at a support rally: "Aren't you as bad as him wanting his blood." During Cap's speech the announcement is made that Gibson's execution was underway. Then the man who did not want the execution to happen shot and killed Cap for failing to get the execution delayed yet a third time. [Rom. 12:19] In the melee, Melanie and Jeremy are shot and killed. Now, four people lay dead: Gibson, Cap, Melanie and Jeremy.

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Next we see the foursome being escorted to Judgment by two angels. Here is where the solid, no-holds-barred programming really begins. Comes the father of lies to collect his booty. Some of the standard nonbeliever arguments are volleyed at and by the foursome. Each argument is met with steadfast Rock-solid fact based on His Word. Even the arguments of Satan's demon are sunk. Basically, the point being made is that we have a choice, and by not choosing the choice is made. Period. But the point is made in a very sobering way. The performance of Meredith Coppolo in this subplot was short but exceptionally effective at tugging at our forgiving hearts. This 39-minute film should make an excellent witnessing tool for adults.
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A few times I have mentioned in this Summary/Commentary minor warnings about the content of this film. It is not sugar coated or creme-filled. It is not mamma's milk for the very young but is rather solid food for those with at least some experiential maturity. It is not cake-n-ice cream but is meat-n-veggies. Final Exit would not be an effective witnessing tool for the very young but will make a very, very pointed and inescapable tool for young adults and up.

There is blood on hands, scenes of murder, words of threat, jailhouse reality and firearm murders in this film. [Prov. 3:31] There are numerous fine-sounding arguments and smooth talk [Col. 2:4, Rom. 16:17-18, Ps. 55:21] to defy His Word and intense imagery of a young girl on fire begging dearly for help when help is not possible. There is, however, no nudity and no foul language. Please rely on the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a full accounting of the issues of likely concern for parents and grandparents. The listing and scoring distribution in the Findings/Scoring section are the heart of the CAP analysis model and are completely objective to His Word and ignore of any "message" or "plot." With a Final score of 55, confidence is high this movie would have be given a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America.


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  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
  • Prov. 3:31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,
  • Col. 2:4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.
  • Rom. 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
  • Ps. 55:21 His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.

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  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Final Exit (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • blood on hands
  • scenes of murder
  • illegal flight to avoid prosecution
  • written threat to kill
  • imagery of lethal injection execution
  • firearm
  • imagery of girl on fire
  • flash images of gore/carnage

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • lie to wife about the gravity of a situation
  • repeated examples of lust for vengeance
  • excusing sin with sin
  • animated adolescent arrogance toward mother
  • arrogance against right
  • imagery of spousal abuse

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • implied sexual immorality

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • claim of Scripture being "reaction of children"
  • numerous fine-sounding arguments and smooth talk to defy God's Word and Love
  • imagery of demon

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • firearm murders (3)

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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